While color seems like a super simple to us, for a young child color is a pretty complicated concept. For a minute put yourself in their shoes. They are just starting to learn terms of the items in their ever day lives such as shoes. Now the game is being upped because shoes are not just shoes. There are red shoes, and blue shoes, and green shoes. And well colors come in multiple different shades. So those dark blue shoes and those light blue shoes are both exactly the same general color even though they don’t look the same. Confusing stuff people.
So, as you start learning colors with your child have patience and make it fun. Activities such as this red sensory bin are a great way to start introducing colors in a playful stress-free manner.
Items Needed For a Red Sensory Bin
How To Play
We started playing by having a scavenger hunt — what in the house could we find that was red? I set our sensory bin up on the table filled with the red rice and as the kids discovered red toys and craft materials they added them to the bin on their own.
Once all the items were collected we sat down to play. The kids loved how even the rice smelled like fruit punch from the kool-aide!
Scooping and shaking entertained Meatball for quite some time. He is in love with the Handy Scoops from Learning Resources.
Other activities that they did with this bin were sort the magformer shapes, identify the numbers and letters, and work on some beading using the pipe cleaners and wooden beads. They also had a blast building with the magformers and them dumping rice over their creations. It made the neatest rain sound!
Nothing extravagant and super simple clean up. Just a fun easy way to introduce kids to what in their environment is red!